The VCT Training Program «Prevention of HIV and other socially dangerous diseases among the Military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine»

      The INGO International HIV/AIDS and TB Institute” in partnership with the Military-Medical Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Central Sanitarian-Epidemiological Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine conductedthe VCT Training Program «Prevention of HIV and other socially dangerous diseases among the Military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine» during 13-15 of June, 2016 on the training premises of the Pushcha Lisova Hotel Complex located at Moshun, Kyiv region.. 
      This was happened due to lack of funding and any health observation of the mobilized soldiers to the  ATO zone  in early 2014. As a result,  to the ranks of the soldiers got people infected with viral infectious diseases, which carried a threat to others mobilized.
      Discussion of this problem was the initiative of Central Sanitarian-Epidemio-logical Department staff with IHATI staff within the framework of the support for technical assistance for the Armed Forces of Ukraine under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and administered to foreign militaries by the US Navy on behalf of the DOD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP).  
      The training was conducted by two certified trainers – Ms. Tetyana Savchenko, and Ms. Inna Antonyuk, who were selected among several candidates for their experience in HIV training programs and their readiness to adopt the civilian program to meet  the needs and conditions of the AFU, especially to the ATO Zone. There were 25 participants in attendance from the following  military health services: SES – 10 people, Blood center -  3 persons,  VCT doctors- 2,  Laboratory specialists.

    The goal of the training was to develop the participant’s skills in HIV pre- and post-test counseling on HIV and in HIV testing using the "quick" tests. Participants of the training had an opportunity to practice  individually their skills in employing rapid test systems, and to carry out all the steps of the testing procedure.


    

     Program coordinator Ms. Tatyana Bila shared with the participants information about the 5,000 HIV quick tests donated by Dr. Eliot Jacobs Pearlman for a successful implementation of the training and the further usage of the knowledge received in the course of training and for VCT  military personnel in different regions of Ukraine. Also she noted that the request for 60,000 quick test submitted by MMD to ODC has been approved and the purchase and delivery of them are planned for October this year.
 
 
      Also she recommended that the VCT trainings must be implemented for selected categories of military medical professionals (Infectious Disease Doctors, Unit Surgeons, SES doctors) on constant basis, especially those who work with mobilized personnel which should to serve in the ATO zone and to work with them on their demobilization. Moreover, the program of VCT training approved by MOH must be adopted for the needs of uniformed services and officially approved.

 

In January 2016 a new project initiative ““Shoulder to Shoulder”: TB patients’ psycho-social support for enhanced treatment adherence” was launched in Kyiv.

The activity was made possible through support provided by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine (STbCU) project. (www.stbcu.com.ua).

The project is implemented by the International NGO "International HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis Institute" in partnership with the Charitable Foundation "TB Hope ".

 
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